Understanding Islam

Important facts

  • There are 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide
  • The top 5 most populated countries include Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nigeria
  • The Asia Pacific region hosts 62% of the Muslim population
  • Mohammad is the prophet of the religion, he is not worshipped and the Qaran doesn’t state in a single verse to worship him
  • The hijab originated from Persia, and is not mentioned in the Qaran
  • God can not be incarnate or represented in human form
  • Allah is the Arabic word for god
  • Only 20% of Muslims live in the middle east
  • Islam means “Peace” or “Surrender”

What If Life is A Simulation

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Is reality science fiction? Is reality an alternate reality to the reality we perceive? What we call reality may not be reality because there could be a mystery that exists to explain our true reality. Is there a higher power? An invisible and divine force seeping through everything, everywhere and in any form with intent? Or a watchful set of eyes from above?

The world is interesting, it seems a lot of things happen for a reason and life is very fitting in a lot of ways. As humans we have a physiological makeup that is a perfect design for this life. Five senses, complex organs, limbs and brains etc. Pretty much everything we need for this life. Animals are also designed in such a way, some have shells for protection, some have a big set of razor sharp teeth to hunt and others can camouflage for survival. This is all very fitting. Once we learn about how everything works it all makes sense. We have a highly integrated world. Billions of humans roaming the Earth in free will. The greatest challenge humans face in life is co-existing.

We are each given a body to live inside of and it is up to us to journey through life the best way we know how. The world is amazing. Why is it so hard to stop and think how truly blessed we are to live this life. We can think of it as a game. And this game is fun to play. We have endless ways we can choose to live. We face many challenges through life, but that is the purpose. Why not be curious to learn more about the world? Why are we not constantly in awe. We have people from all walks of life and eras of life. There is so much to learn and that is the fun part. We can learn from others, we can learn from ourselves, we can learn from history and we can use our imaginations to visualise the future.

It seems like a simulation. There are endless possibilities. We are advancing so far with technology at an astonishing rate that we can already create simulations. So how far can this go? Artificial intelligence is already happening in the world. The foundation has been laid out. We already have such a strong technological blueprint, mix that with innovative thinking and collective imaginary brilliance. The possibilities are endless. We will get so far with technology creating proper clones or customised templates of humans and animals will not be out of the question. That is if we figure out a way to survive together long enough. So what if we create people, create animals and other life forms with the potential to reproduce like we do? Right now we can build robots, we have manipulated the DNA of animals in cloning and manipulating biology in a way that recovered fossils can be brought to life with enough bone marrow. What if we learn to bring back our primitive ancestors. Find a planet for them to live on and watch evolution happen all over again. We have enough history on evolution to understand the progressions, so what if we were in control? Like a Hollywood set, with enough props, scheming and resources of any kind we can bring this idea to life on another planet and call it another one of our simulations. What if all this is happening to us right now, and we are mere clones with our creators on another planet, observing our free will as a human species and watching us evolve.

 

 

Everything you need to know about Modafinil

Having researched the shit out of this ‘wonder drug’, ‘smart drug’, ‘limitless pill’ and everything else the internet likes to hype it as, i will present to you my unbiased, non-placebo affected and carefully examined experience with this drug.

I will start with a brief background on what the drug is used for and how it works, i will keep it brief and limit all the ‘sciency’ shit because this is not a research report. Modafinil is a wakefulness promoting agent that treats disorders such as narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness and ADHD sufferers with really shitty concentration. It is known to increases the uptake of serotonin and norepinephrine which in turn improves focus,  enhances motivation and eliminates fatigue, tiredness and the need for sleep.  It sounds very similar to amphetimines right?? It also has that strong appeal to university students looking for better alternatives to caffeine overdose and stealing the ADHD pills off siblings. In actual fact it is a different beast, while the benefits are similar it reacts much differently with the brain. It is not a direct stimulant but produces stimulant like effects.  I read a very detailed research report on this beast that concluded studies provided further evidence that modafinil’s stimulant properties are the result of enhanced whole brain function rather than localised neural excitation (e.g Amphetamines, Cocaine, Meth etc). There is also very little potential for abuse, no comedown, very few side effects if any which are mild (dry mouth, slight loss of appetite, anxiousness if overstimulated) and sometimes none. The effects are very long lasting with peak performance for 2-3 hours and works for 10-12 hours.

I bought this drug online from an Indian Pharmacy which sounds shady as fuck but life is only worth living on the edge right? I only found very favourable reviews and multiple blog posts on reddit confirmed it to be legit, which was good enough for me. I don’t know why I’m justifying myself here. But just listen. This stuff is legit! When i first started using it i got hooked on the rush pretty quickly, i took it frequently because it made me feel like a supreme being. Whether i was at work, at the gym or doing chores around the house. It doesn’t matter what task i was doing, i felt like i was able to completely focus on any given task with no lapses in concentration, paying lots of attention to detail and feeling motivated to do whatever it is to the best of my ability. I haven’t been able to take a single nap or fall asleep on this drug, so it obviously works best to take in the morning and plough through the whole day with ease.

I don’t take it too often now, but i will use it on my days off when i have lots of chores and tasks to complete, it also boosts my creativity and allows me to do lots of writing without writers block. I can work on tasks i dont normally enjoy doing, and be in such a good state that i can do anything i set my mind to on any given day. It hasn’t been all roses unfortunately, i have made a stupid decision to take two before work once and i was properly pinging off my head which was very hard to contain. So i know not to do that. The one pill is very powerful already, i know now not to fuck with it and that even half of that dosage would still be very useful. Another mistake i have made is taking a pill mid-afternoon and not being able to get to sleep until 6am. Also when i have taken this drug when i am already in a state of nervousness or when i am very sleep deprived it absolutely amplifies the effects of anxiety. I was using this drug every day but it started to interfere with my ability to sleep, probably because it was staying in my system too long so i know now it works best when i take it occasionally and not in consecutive days i cycle on and off. This allows me not to rely on the drug and i know i can get through life perfectly without it, but i only take it when i want to get a boost and it does exactly that. I have always been interested in the potential for bio-hacking and that it is essentially the way of the future. Today it is perfectly normal in society for any form of enhancement physically or mentally. People always want to improve the way they look and the way they feel, and we have incredible technology that allows for that. People can change genders, completely whiten their teeth, hair treatments, steroids in body building and many many drugs people rely on to get through life whether it be painkillers, aspirin, anti biotics, mental health or whatever there are hundreds of thousands of drugs out there that can all affect the brain in different ways. So it is fascinating to look into the potential finding drugs that can significantly improve your desired brain function that works without all the drawbacks and addictions which are so common.

The Human Condition

Sometimes you stumble upon really inspiring material whether it is in the form of videos, podcasts, quotes or any type of article and it really strikes a chord with you. I had one of those moments where i was just in the right mood and watching the right thing at the right time i was ready to fully immerse myself in the topic at that particular time.

Some of my favourite quotes from the video

  • Human beings when we evolved and developed and were hunter gatherers,  There were a set of rewards, there are reward systems set up in the human body – the very being that we embody, that don’t get met in today’s society and its one of the things that is causing depression.
  • We are living life in very unfulfilling ways, you go to this office with artificial light doing something you don’t want to do all day, you go home and you’re tired. And on top of that you are eating shit, you are eating chips and drinking soda and you’re body is like- what in the fuck is this!
  • We are supposed to be out in the fields, walking up hills, growing vegetables and being in nature. Nature is a medicine, its literally a medicine just go for a hike there is a reward that is intensely soul filling.
  • Having something were fighting for, having a mission we are all forces and all forces need an effect. When all our needs are met, we have lost our main mission because we don’t have to hunt for food and find it, everything is easy to get. We have lost a lot of the basic mission and we haven’t replaced it with any universal mission. When you have a mission human beings are happy. 
  • The people who seem the most unhappy are aimless, what am i here for why am i doing this nothing makes sense

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The one i found was from a Joe Rogan Podcast, a powerful experience i might add, this bad-boy pinched me in the heart real good. I will not present to you my own personal biography of the man, i would be tempted however i’ll spit out just enough for you to understand the beast were dealing with here. This is a man who churns out more podcasts on YouTube than you’ve had hot dinners, and this is consistently thought provoking and interesting material. I like to call it eloquent rambling, especially from Joe’s side. He is a word smith, and just happens to have an encyclopedia of knowledge on every topic you could possibly think of. Tonnes of controversial topics thrown in there which always ruffle some feathers but quality stuff. If you’re not already hooked in by his silver tongued wit and humour, his Alpha male persona really allows him to drive his message across with grit. This guru is also a stand up comedian so there is a light-hearted side as well and a lot of funny moment and laughter in conjunction with all the serious stuff (which makes for great entertainment). He looks like a normal dude on the outside, but he is one sophisticated mother fucker in many ways, when you hear shit he sprays. The podcasts typically go for more than a couple of hours but are always colourful, meaningful, influential, and a lot of the time the subject matter is far too complex for the simple human being to understand. Despite this he has the ability to simplify everything in a form that is very listen-able and easy to digest for everyone to understand. So any simpleton should have no problem understanding his long rants on ‘conspiracy theories’ most theories discussed have a good degree of validity to them. Going off topic here, i prefer to call these more educated theories with substance, that go against the status quo ‘genuine theories the government doesn’t want you to know about’. Or even just ‘alternative theories’. The ‘conspiracy theory’ label is thrown around at any idea that is a threat to the shit the government has shovelled down peoples necks. Also the association that anyone who doesn’t believe in the ‘official reports’ or just in general a lot of information (or propaganda) passed down from the governments are assumed to be foil hat wearing maniacs. Image result for conspiracy theory memes

Just to get the ball rolling again back on topic, I’m aware of my tendency to end up in a ‘manic quicksand’ when discussing issues of interest, i feel like i need a novel to offload it in. The Joe Rogan Podcast, featured a well educated guest with a very smooth flow of discussion talking on the issues of depression, finding happiness and how a lot of depression can be self inflicted in today’s society. I am by no means an expert on life, and I have a long way to go on my own journey. Take anything i say with a grain of salt or whatever the fuck, there are lots of educated opinions flying around and maybe a few shit dribbles of mumbo jumbo. I haven’t reached a high degree of self-actualisation in life, or a hold a professional title relating to any of the issues I’m discussing. So while you waste your time pondering why you’re eating up my attempt of a smooth well polished motivational life piece, just remember there are more credible people out there. Just ride the wave into oblivion, pick up what I’m putting down and enjoy some real talk.

I believe we live in turbulent times. A dynamic global environment where often the future is uncertain. It be-hooves us into anxiety and craze. Although some things never change, the foundation of human existence will always remain ever present and that is the importance of being connected. Which has been a key driver in technological innovations and social media has taken the world by storm. We live in a very impatient world because a lot of things in life have become so easy to acquire, to access, to cure boredom with all the new distractions the new age has presented us with. There is instant gratification we can experience whenever we desire, and its at our fingertips with smart phone technology. It’s a device which encompasses our life to a great extent. So it comes as no surprise that there are serious drawbacks, obviously anti- social tendencies will become prevalent, not enjoying the moment enough in life with your surroundings of the environment and the company of people. There are a lot of interesting studies that suggest, social media and phone addictions are commonly linked to depression and anxiety. Especially among the younger generation.

https://www.anxiety.org/social-media-causes-anxiety

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2de2/b3587931158d8cd6072181b0af82db446dde.pdf

Technological advancements are happening at a rate that is too fast for the brain to comprehend. The hidden/unreleased technology would blow our heads right off. The human brain is responsible for building and programming machines that can process and calculate information a gazillion times faster (or whatever is the highest feasible value). We can handhold a device which has millions of functions, endless possibilities and is the most distracting piece of equipment you can own in this life. The most futuristic man in the world- Elon Musk made this statement that ‘We are part cyborg due to all the digital tools we have at our disposal- the phone, the computer – the applications on these things.’ And the fact that we can ask any question and get an answer instantly from google. It’s an extension of ourselves, there is already a digital tertiary layer in our life and we have incorporated a digital presence online for everyone to see and when we die it can still be there.

The interesting thing is, as sophisticated the human brain is in having the capacity to build these machines, we can’t help but fall victim to the technology as it runs our life now. It is normal for people to compulsively consume smart phone technology, there is a need to check the phone whenever we get the chance, while driving, hanging out with friends, dining out at restaurants and even at work. It seems to take priority in life over everything, which is a real concern. The important question we have to ask ourselves is are we in control of the technology or is it in control of us? You would think in the digital age, we are learning more and becoming smarter due to the ease of access of information. This is actually not the case, it depends on the user, what sources we use to acquire information, how our brains are wired to interpret information and our inclination to construe bias and opinionated material into facts. The constant cursive reading scrolling through Facebook is actually re-wiring the brain, making people more prone to take in and believe everything they read, with the reduced time to think rationally about the issues. Digitally there is actually a massive spread of misinformation, we are constantly fooled by funky headlines/stories which are exaggerated, click-bait articles are designed for the purposes of pay per click and advertising instead of the spread of reliable information and not to mention there is fake news everywhere because there is a thing called ‘agendas’. We have ditched the physical books and gone online, so this can have drawbacks. Our attention spans have become shorter and shorter, I’m sure it used to be much easier to read books people had no fucking distractions and probably not as much to do. These days you couldn’t get through one chapter of a book without the phone buzzing 5 times.

As a human species, we are driven by impulse more than ever. And more commonly susceptible to a bottom-up way of thinking which in psychology means, driven by stimuli that stands out and appeals to our processing of sensory information. This takes away from the top-down focus which is more analytical, takes longer to process but appeals to the big picture way of looking at things. So too much shit we see in life is being interpreted emotionally, impulsively and irrationally instead of logically, thoughtfully and critically. That is why advertising has always been effective on television and why propaganda has always fooled everyone, it is presented in such a way that appeals to our emotions with visuals and buzz words and it overpowers critical thinking. The human species is becoming increasingly attached to technology, emotionally and with addiction. In saying all this, it should be no surprise there is a clear-link to why people are more depressed and anxious than ever before. We are meant to be out in the fucking fields! Moving the body! Socialising with people face to face! Not staring at screens for hours on end updating a shitty news-feed, full of people and articles we don’t care about, watching each ‘like’ roll into that notifications bar with laser-like focus after each post.

Ways to ignore each other

You always hear people say that in today’s society, there are too many people who are working unfulfilling jobs, living under the umbrella of other peoples expectations and living to the status quo in society.  There are a lot of inhibitors and distractions in life we need to steer clear of. All the wrong things that fuck with your body and your mind just happen to be the most addictive activities in life. But there is a paradox in saying this because there are all the right things in life that are also addictive that will enhance the well being of the body and mind, but somehow this isn’t the most popular approach. Living life with goals is very important, nothing beats the accomplished and proud feeling when you work hard for something, achieve your goals and in turn reap the rewards.

Guru Rogan stated the happiest dog he’s ever met was his own dog, which makes him sound like a bias dickhead given the fact we all know dogs are the happiest creatures on earth, however he firmly believes his fur baby was next level happy. He said that motherfucker had a mission everyday (I may have put words in his mouth there). The dog loved to kill lizards.. It was a daily mission for this predator to find a kill as many lizards or crawlies as he could find, he just loved to kill shit everything and it gave him a lot of excitement every single day! The dog found what makes him tick. I guess the moral of this violent story is that, any given creature should choose to live life with a mission, the right mindset and a daily hunger to attack each and every day jumping out of bed every morning. New challenges, setting realistic goals and cycling through this way of living will fuel motivation and happiness.

How many people live uninspired and unfulfilled lives? Why are we so so goddamn depressed as a species, why is it so natural? People with great careers, people with amazing family and super talented people. Why is it so hard to be grateful for what we have, we constantly reminding ourselves of what we don’t have instead of what we do have? The key to happiness is a matter of psychology. Our happy thoughts must outweigh the negative. It’s simple be grateful for what we have in life and acknowledge that we are in control of our habits, decisions, relationships and activities that shape our sense of well-being. Wayne Dyer famously states “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.” There is no need to live in line with other peoples expectations, the status quo and caring too much about reputation. Think of your life as being the hero in your own movie. It is not very riveting living for everyone else but yourself? Or constantly complaining about all the hurdles life throws at you, instead you flex your muscles and turn the hurtles into jump ramps for growth and taking away learning experiences. You can change the way you feel in seconds, the way you feel is based on what you focus on. If someone insults you and you focus on that for the rest of the day, then you will be depressed for the rest of the day. A wise man once said, reputation does not matter in this life all that matters is character. You can give a lecture in front of 3000 students and you will have 3000 reputations. It is a matter of perception and there will always be people who love you, like you, dislike you and hate you. I believe being an authentic version of  yourself is important, ditch the filter and say what is on your mind that is the best way to be yourself, rather than constructing everything you think people want to hear, have honesty and integrity, have empathy for others and be a giving person, these are fantastic characters traits. Character is what is real, reputation is what is perceived. I’m just another journeyman in this crazy world, trying to figure shit out.

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